In a contest between a hired killer and the man who's sent to find and stop himby any meanswho will win?

Roy Prescott is a hard manbut that's what his customers want. Prescott is the man you call when you've lost loved ones to murder, the police have no new leads, andwith the reality of their workloadswon't ever have any; when the case is open but unsolved. When Prescott goes after a killer, only one man is left standingand so far, it's always been Prescott.

Jim Varney is a highly specialized assassin, perhaps the best in the business. He's been training to kill since he was a child; now he's strong, skilled, and almost preternaturally cunning. But when he kills all in a restaurant full of 13 men, women and childrento reach one targeta victim's grieving father puts him in Prescott's sights.

Perry's latest superb novel of suspense is a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse, as Prescott and Varney circle, feint and thrust. It's like watching a master chess match, with life or death as the stakesif you start this novel at night, prepare to see the dawn! (Now available, 370 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Laurie Davie